Porsche prepares all-new Panamera for 2016 launch. High-tech new MSB architecture is set to underpin the second-generation of the Porsche sedan.
The rear-drive and all-wheel-drive centric MSB platform uses a mix of aluminium, magnesium and steel. Porsche engineers believe that a mixed-materials architecture is superior to one made mostly of steel or mostly of aluminium. The theory is that being able to use different materials in different parts of the structure results in a more ideally optimised structure, one that can ensure the kerb weight stays at about 1800kg to 1900kg.
Porsche plans to give its second-generation saloon an all-new family of V6 and V8 petrol engines. As well as the petrol V6 and V8, the upcoming Panamera is also expected to be available with a diesel V6 and a hybrid. It is understood that Porsche engineers are also working on a ravamped range of PDK dual-clutch auto transmissions.
Judging by the disguised car’s looks, the new Porsche Panamera adopts familiar proportions. The prototype seems to have a noticeably lower bonnet and roofline, which, along with the slimmer profile, gives more than a hint of the 918 supercar.
The new Porsche Panamera is scheduled to go on sale next year, although there’s no news yet on a public debut.